NBA Podcast: 2013-14 Washington Wizards Season Preview

Joel C. CordesNBA Associate EditorSeptember 16, 2013

John Wall is getting paid to carry the Washington Wizards on his shoulders now.
John Wall is getting paid to carry the Washington Wizards on his shoulders now.Al Bello/Getty Images

John Wall is a max-contract man now. Are the Washington Wizards ready to be big league players too?

The offseason was rather quiet, as rookies Otto Porter and Glen Rice Jr. join under-the-radar signings like Al Harrington and Eric Maynor. The bigger developments must happen internally, however.

Can Wall and Bradley Beal take "the leap" both individually and as a backcourt pairing? Are there actually any reliable front-line rotation pieces among struggling youngsters like Trevor Booker, Kevin Seraphin, Chris Singleton and Jan Vesely?

How many games can Nene and Emeka Okafor actually suit up for this season, and how much better must the Wizards be to crack the Eastern Conference's playoff ceiling? Coach Randy Wittman's crew can't get off to a slow start as in seasons past, but hovering barely around .500 may no longer get the job done either.

NBA Featured Columnist Dan Favale joins assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes for the latest episode of Basketball by Association

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We look at the best and the worst of the Wizards' offseason along with the biggest questions heading into 2014. We'll also detail Washington's keys to a successful year while predicting its final position in the standings.


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